Page From Our Past
Library Archives Center
5:30 - 6:30 PM
County Historical Society will feature Nebraska author
Amy Forss’ book Black Print with a White Carnation:
Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper 1938-1989
at our September 29th Page from Our Past author
event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the
DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on
history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction,
and is held the fourth Tuesday of each month in the
evening. A Page from Our Past is a casual
and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience
has the opportunity to get up close and personal with
the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing
and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.
Mildred Dee Brown
(1905–89) was the cofounder of Nebraska’s Omaha Star,
the longest running black newspaper founded by an
African American woman in the United States. Known for
her trademark white carnation corsage, Brown was the
matriarch of Omaha’s Near North Side—a historically
black part of town—and an iconic city leader. Her
remarkable life, a product of the Reconstruction era and
Jim Crow, reflects a larger American history that
includes the Great Migration, the Red Scare of the
post–World War era, civil rights and black power
movements, desegregation, and urban renewal.
Amy Forss has a PhD in African American history and
teaches at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha,
Nebraska. Her work has appeared in journals such as
Nebraska History and Great Plains Quarterly.
Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for
members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is
required and seating will be limited to 20 participants.
To register, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-455-9990,
Genealogy Club Meeting
Library Archives Center
1 - 4 PM
Join Douglas County Historical Society for a monthly
class in genealogy. Work with the Historical Society’s
researcher, Max Sparber, to explore various techniques
for building your family tree, and share your
discoveries with your classmates.
Classes are three hours long. The first hour is for
beginners, and will introduce basic techniques in
genealogy. The second hour is for everybody, and is an
open hour to do research, share discoveries, ask
questions, and help each other. The third hour is for
advanced students and will teach more complicated or
time-consuming techniques of researching a family tree.
Classes are $5 for member and $10 for non-members. Meet
at the DCHS Library Archive Center on the first Saturday of
each month at 1pm.
October 11 & 18
Tombstone Tour 2015
2 - 6:30 PM
Join DCHS on its
annual Tombstone Tour, an exploration of Omaha's past
through its cemeteries and permanent residents. This
year will feature new cemeteries and new stories.
Our first tour, on
October 11, will take us to three cemeteries in North
Omaha, including Prospect Hill, Omaha’s Potter’s Field,
and the Mormon Pioneer Cemetery. The second tour, on
October 18, will take us to Temple Israel, Holy
Sepulchre, and the Bohemian National Cemetery.
provided at each cemetery stop, we will toast to the
memory of those who have gone before us. Your tour guide
will regale you with cryptic commentary, plus you'll
receive a souvenir booklet on cemetery history.
Boarding begins at 1:30 pm at the General Crook House
Museum located in Historic Fort Omaha; pre-boarding
refreshments and snacks provided. The bus will depart at
2 pm sharp and return to the Museum by 5:30 pm. Heavy
appetizers, wine, and ghost stories will be provided at
the Museum after the tour. Cost is $50 for members and
$55 for non-members. There is a maximum of 50 passengers
per bus, so don't delay! Make your reservations today by
calling 402-455-9990, clicking
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